Employer’s ‘Git Off My Property’ Is Downbeat Indie

Employer’s ‘Git Off My Property’ is some sad, downbeat indie rock out of Kansas City. “Originally started as an acoustic bedroom project by singer/guitarist Hopyard Mathison,” these guys say “Employer became a band when Morgan Greenwood and Josh King joined him full-time. Together,” the band “quickly realized how much they had previously missed being creative in a totally free, collaborative environment and vowed to keep … Continue reading Employer’s ‘Git Off My Property’ Is Downbeat Indie

No Win’s ‘Vision’ Is Well-Composed Angelino Alt Rock

No Win’s ‘Vision’ is a clean, straightforward take on alternative rock with some clear throwback elements. “I worked to the bone on this record,” says Danny Nogueiras, the group’s frontman, “I make this kind of music because I love it genuinely, and I want as many people as possible to enjoy it.” He says that, “this feels like such an important thing… It’s a culmination … Continue reading No Win’s ‘Vision’ Is Well-Composed Angelino Alt Rock

Away Team’s ‘Falling Behind’ Is Crisp Coloradan Emo

Away Team’s ‘Falling Behind’ is some crisp, glum pop punk out of Colorado. “Started by a run-in at a Colfax Speed Queen show, a few Craigslist posts and a couple sessions at a grungy hourly practice space in Denver,” these guys say they “burst into the Denver music scene with poise, bravado and experience working in their favor.” The band consists of “members of Marti And The Dads, More … Continue reading Away Team’s ‘Falling Behind’ Is Crisp Coloradan Emo

In Spirit’s ‘Asbury’ Is Crunchy, Noisy Emo-Pop

In Spirit’s ‘Asbury’ is crunchy, blaring pop punk from this New Jersey-based band. This crew definitely has a lot of cool stuff going on. Although their general framework sounds an awful lot like Joyce Manor or Remo Drive, these guys have an erratic, almost spastic vibe that gives them that extra grit and energy. The unrelenting, almost blown out rhythm section serves as a good … Continue reading In Spirit’s ‘Asbury’ Is Crunchy, Noisy Emo-Pop

Candy’s Room’s ‘Hither Green’ Is Funky, Rock-Facing World Music

Hither Green’ by Candy’s Room is some dynamic, funky rock music with a modern indie approach. These guys describe themselves as taking “influence from old Motown records and 80s college rock bands like Sonic Youth and Galaxie 500 in [an] attempt to create a hybrid of popular music tones.” They say this track “features string and brass arrangements, which have been layered using modern production techniques — an experiment to try … Continue reading Candy’s Room’s ‘Hither Green’ Is Funky, Rock-Facing World Music

Jake Abramson’s ‘Caution Tape’ Is Bruising, Militaristic Electronic Music

Jake Abramson’s ‘Caution Tape’ is some hard-hitting, rock-oriented electronic music from this solo artist. There’s an overwhelming, deeply industrial sense of darkness on here that’s served well by the track’s rock format and computerized instrumentation. Abramson’s tense, smoldering vocals paint a very clear lyrical picture. Under that, the rumbling synths give the piece a militaristic, march-like aesthetic. This is furthered by the lumbering, often percussive … Continue reading Jake Abramson’s ‘Caution Tape’ Is Bruising, Militaristic Electronic Music

Dusty Tucker’s ‘Twenty Whatever’ Is Slick, Expansive and Emotive Hard Rock

Dusty Tucker’s ‘Twenty Whatever’ is some slick, emotive hard rock with some clear punk influences. The band describes their first full-length, The North Stone, as, “A western tale told in twelve tracks with heroes and villains and musical movements back to back.” There’s a lot going on here. Something about the track, probably the hyperbolic guitars and dramatic, higher register lead vocals, give the track a progressive … Continue reading Dusty Tucker’s ‘Twenty Whatever’ Is Slick, Expansive and Emotive Hard Rock

‘Lindsay White’ by Mixed Kid Fridays Is Slow, Dynamic SoCal Punk Rock

‘Lindsay White’ by Mixed Kid Fridays is some relatively slow, anthemic punk rock out of Southern California. “Punk rock and the plastic streets of Los Angeles have brought a new answer to fake conformity,” these guys say. “Mixed Kid Fridays will turn your daily frustration into musical ecstasy, and remind you that your life is a book. So, don’t stop reading in the middle of a bad chapter.” This band is definitely bringing … Continue reading ‘Lindsay White’ by Mixed Kid Fridays Is Slow, Dynamic SoCal Punk Rock

‘Times New Woman’ by The Swell Fellas Is Expansive, Technical Psychedelic Rock

‘Times New Woman’ by The Swell Fellas is some classic rock-facing, broad and deeply technical psychedelic music. They say this is, “the seventh track off of [the band’s] self-released debut LP The Big Grand Entrance.” The group describes it as, “a simple and trance-inducing approach from a normally more complex band.” The stoner cues are definitely pretty strong on here, and in addition to that, … Continue reading ‘Times New Woman’ by The Swell Fellas Is Expansive, Technical Psychedelic Rock

Love in October’s ‘I Don’t Want to Die Tonight’ Is Fast, Energetic Electro-Punk

Love in October’s ‘I Don’t Want to Die Tonight’ is some high-energy pop punk that makes good use of electronic elements. These guys describe themselves as, “an indie rock band from Chicago, IL that blends lo-fi fuzzy guitars, pop hooks and a broken drum machine.” They say this “is the first single from [their] new album, SHAPES, which will be released mid February, 2019. The … Continue reading Love in October’s ‘I Don’t Want to Die Tonight’ Is Fast, Energetic Electro-Punk